Funded training to upskill North East heating engineers into heat pump installers

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Narec Distributed Energy (NDE) is offering 100% funded accredited heat pump training courses to North East based heating engineers, training them to install and maintain this renewable energy heating system.

NDE is an independent company based in Blyth, Northumberland. The training courses available include the aforementioned installation of heat pumps, heat metering and some of the plumbing prerequisite courses. As well as heat pumps, other courses on offer include solar thermal heating, and photovoltaics.

With the forthcoming increase within the Renewable Heat Incentive, it is expected that there will soon be a skills shortage in qualified heat pump engineers, and this is an ideal time for North East companies to take advantage of funded training to gain a foothold in this new market.

Pete McNaughton, Renewables Sales Manager from Mitsubushi Electric said:

The Air Source Heat Pump industry has never been stronger with the increase in RHI looming along with increased oil prices and public awareness constantly growing. The appetite to be less reliant on fossil fuels and become greener is a big factor in home owners and landlords moving towards Air Source Heat Pumps, even in what traditionally would be classed as “on gas” areas. Financially it makes perfect sense to switch which is seeing the market grow at a healthy rate. The bottleneck to this growth will be trained engineers qualified to install products.

The funding is being provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

To be eligible, a company must be based in the North East LEP area (Northumberland, County Durham or Tyne & Wear), be a sole trader or SME (under 250 employees and under £40 million turnover), and be undertaking the course for the first time.

Mick Broadbent, Renewable Energy Training Coordinator at NDE explained:

“Due to the nature of the installations, it is a natural progression for a fully qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineer to up-skill in this particular field, as well as gaining a recognised qualification in Heat Pump Installation you have the opportunity to increase workload and enhance your company profile. This can lead to gaining contracts from Local Authorities / and Private investors who require these Renewable technologies installed by Fully Qualified Engineers”

The first course is running on the 13th to 26th June 2017. Courses end on the 28th July

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*** High resolution photography available on request ***

Contact:

Tom Bradley

tom.bradley@narecde.co.uk

01670 357 685

Notes:

Narec Distributed Energy is an independent renewable energy company, based in Blyth, which was incorporated in 2012. The website is www.narecde.co.uk

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the European Union’s main financial instrument for supporting employment in the member states of the European Union.

The courses are:

Installation Courses

Prerequisite Courses

General Courses

 

Fully funded renewable energy training for heating engineers and electricans

Photovoltaic system on the Narec Distributed Energy training centrePhotovoltaic system on the Narec Distributed Energy training centre

Narec Distributed Energy is once more offering fully funded accredited renewable energy related training courses at our training centre in Blyth, Northumberland. This will enable heating engineers and electricians, as well as existing renewable energy companies, to upskill their staff. Of particular interest for many is the heat pump training, as increases in the Renewable Heat Incentive are causing a skills shortage within this industry.

All installation and maintenance courses can be used by operatives or individuals looking to join the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

The courses are:

Installation and Maintenance Courses

  • Solar PV Installation and Maintenance Training – Logic Level 3 – 4 days
  • Solar Thermal Installation & Maintenance Training – Logic Level 3 – 4 days
  • Heat Pumps Installation & Maintenance Training – Logic Level 3 – 4 days

Short Courses

  • Principles of Metering for Renewable Heat Systems – Logic Level 2 – 1 day
  • Accredited Water Regulations Training Course (WRAS 1999) – 1 day
  • Energy Efficiency for Gas & Oil Fired DHW & Heating Training – Logic Level 3 – 1 day
  • Hot Water Systems & Safety (inc. Unvented hot water) – 1 day
  • Fundamental Principles of Environmental Technology Systems – Logic Level 3 – 1 day

To be eligible for the training, you must:

  1. Be a sole trader, or a company classified as an SME*
  2. Be undertaking this course for the first time

To enrol on a course, please contact Narec Distributed Energy on training@narecde.co.uk or 01670 357 638.

More course information is available at www.narecde.co.uk/training

Funding is provided through the European Social Fund, via New College Durham

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* An SME is a company with less than 250 staff, an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro.

Walk in session for plumbers and electricians as part of Solar Independence Day

Narec DE solar thermal training rig in BlythNarec DE solar thermal training rig in Blyth

Narec Distributed Energy are throwing open their doors to the public at their training centre, in Blyth on Friday 3 July from 13:00 to 15:00 as part of a UK-wide celebration of solar energy.

Local plumbers and electricians are welcome to come and see demonstration solar thermal and photovoltaic training rigs, and talk through how they could upskill to become solar installers, growing their businesses and helping others generate clean, home-grown electricity.

Narec Distributed Energy train hundreds of installers every year and recently trained 130 renewable energy installers under a funded project in Sunderland.

Ahead of the open day, Tom Bradley, Senior Project Engineer commented:

“Photovoltaics and solar thermal offer opportunities for existing plumbers and electricians to reskill, grow their businesses, and help their customers reduce their energy bills with clean energy”

A series of Solar Independence Day open days are taking place across the country on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July, led by the Solar Trade Association. The open days include a housing estate in Northumberland, a farm building in Perthshire, a community solar farm in Hampshire  and a further education college in Edinburgh.

The theme of the event, solar independence, follows the Solar Trade Association’s publication just a few weeks ago of its ‘Solar Independence Plan for Britain’, which sets out how the new Conservative government can take steps to ensure that British solar can beat fossil fuels on price and without subsidy as soon as possible. The trade body’s analysis shows that by using funds more efficiently this government could double the amount of solar energy in 2020 for very little extra money.

Members of the public are welcome to register to attend the open day on the Solar Trade Association’s website.

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  1.  To attend the event, please email training@narecde.co.uk. Members of the press are welcome to attend.
  2.  For further information or to request an interview, please contact: 01670 543 009

UK’s first accredited heat metering course developed

Heat meter training boardHeat meter training board

Narec Distributed Energy are proud to announce that working with industry and government they have created of the UK’s first accredited Heat Metering training course

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), set up to support renewable heat generation in the domestic sector, is now up and running and is offering tariff payments for supported technologies. In order for systems to be RHI compliant, installations must be made meter-ready and in most cases, applicants will require metering for payments to the system owner.

This new qualification is aimed at all staff involved in the selection, positioning or installation of heat meters in accordance with MCS and RHI Metering Guidance. It covers the knowledge and understanding of the requirements for metering renewable heat installations, including how to select, position, install and commission heat meters and components. The qualification has been designed and led by industry, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Ofgem, Beama, Hetas, Summit Skills and MCS.

Not only were NDE instrumental in the creation of this course, but the NDE Renewable Energy Training Centre in Blyth is the first training centre to be accredited for the delivery of this course.

If you are interested in attending the course, please contact NDE on 01670 543 006 or training@narecde.co.uk. If you are a sole trader or work for a company based in Sunderland or the Tees Valley, NDE may also be able to offer you 100% funded places on this course for a limited time.

Links:

Course description: http://www.narecde.co.uk/training/heat-metering

Funded training: http://www.narecde.co.uk/funded-renewable-energy-training/

British Standards release new BS5918 Code of Practice for Solar Heating

Evacuated tube solar thermal systemEvacuated tube solar thermal system (Thermomax, made in Belfast)

This standard is intended to help with the design and installation of solar heating equipment for domestic hot water (DHW). First published in 1980, it has been substantially rewritten and updated by a dedicated team of solar industry specialists, including Narec Distributed Energy.

It is especially intended to cover “ad-hoc” systems which typically represent UK practice, where the solar collectors and storage components are chosen from several providers and assembled on site, rather than a complete assembly from one source. Guidance is provided on controls, solar storage volumes, predicted solar energy gains, legionella risk assessment and installation practices.

Further information on the standard can be found at: http://shop.bsigroup.com/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030177611

Funded renewable energy training for North East businesses

Delegates from Tees Valley and Sunderland on renewable energy coursesDelegates from Tees Valley and Sunderland on renewable energy courses

Narec Distributed Energy are providing a range of fully funded renewable energy training courses for businesses based in North East England. Training includes industry standard courses on the installation and maintenance of technologies (photovoltaics, solar thermal, heat pump and biomass), introductions to technologies, and community energy courses. The courses are offered to small-medium sized businesses (<250 employees) and sole traders.

The training is funded through a combination of the “European Regional Development Fund”, the “European Social Fund”, the UK Government’s “Skills Funding Agency” and some other sources. The funding is handled regionally in three sub-regional projects by Sunderland City Council, Hartlepool Borough Council and Northumberland County Council’s subsidiary company Business Northumberland. Different courses are offered based on where each company or sole trader is based. Courses are available for Northumberland, Sunderland and Tees Valley postcode based businesses, who meet a set of eligibility criteria.

If you are interested in recieving training, the full details of courses can be found here:

To enquire about training courses, please contact Ed Walker on 01670 357638 or ed.walker@narecde.co.uk

Regional Growth Fund supports training & testing

Heat metering system at the Narec DE Training CentreHeat metering system at the Narec DE Training Centre

The sustainable business growth of Narec Distributed Energy has been secured through a Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant.

Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, in conjunction with Northumberland County Council was awarded £11.75m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to deliver the programme that provides financial support to businesses across Northumberland to encourage the creation of new sustainable jobs and the safeguarding of existing jobs.

Narec DE carry out a wide range of work within the renewable and low carbon sector, particularly within the built environment. Through our work we help our customers reduce carbon, alleviate fuel poverty, improve energy security, stimulate economic growth and educate energy users. We achieve this by providing a range of strategic, technical, testing and training consultancy services to clients both in the public and private sectors.

The RGF grant of £39,078 has been used to help create a new job and safeguarded another. The new SME Engagement Coordinator role aims to substantially increase training activity, while the safeguarding of a Project Engineer role will allow the continued development of Narec DE’s testing services.

Adam Stewart, Senior Project Manager at Narec DE said:

“The RGF grant has already started to have an impact, training revenue next month is forecasted to be more than it was for the whole of last year. Testing has also taken off, with a major commercial test ongoing. We are also waiting to hear back on a number of proposals, including a Horizon 2020 bid.”.

 

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Free renewable energy training event in Northumberland

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Narec Distributed Energy will be providing a funded training seminar on renewable energy technologies to new businesses based in Northumberland, or anyone considering starting a business in Northumberland. The training session is being run with local business startup initiative Business Northumberland

Business Northumberland offers established and start-up businesses in the county free support in reaching their full growth potential. It is a free service that provides business advice and support to anyone thinking about starting a business in Northumberland, and also offers business coaching to existing businesses with growth ambitions. Business Northumberland is jointly funded by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, Northumberland County Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Business Northumberland business advisor, Ian Coull, said:

“The event in partnership with Narec Distributed Energy is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn about the renewable sector and find out how it could benefit their business. For any new businesses looking at working in the renewable energy industry, this is a must attend event.”

The event will look at a number of different areas within renewable energy including an introduction to energy and government policy, legislative issues and a brief summary of financial incentives and more. Some of the technologies covered include photovoltaics, solar thermal, head pumps, wind energy and anaerobic digestion.

As well as an overview of renewable energy, attendees will also be given an overview of the support available for their customers who convert to renewable energy such as the Feed in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive.

The event is on the morning of Wednesday the 24th September, for more details please go to http://www.narecde.co.uk/training-course/introduction-renewable-energy-systems-breakfast-seminar/ or ring Narec DE on 01670 543 006

NDE updates off grid PV system

Whiteburnshanks cottageFigure 1: Whiteburnshanks cottage

Three years ago, The Whiteburnshank Trust approached Narec DE to investigate high running costs for their outdoor education centre; an old shepherd’s cottage located in the heart of Kidland Forest. This centre has an off-grid electricity system with 24V battery bank, a 2.5kW wind turbine, 6 x 150W PV modules and a 10kW diesel generator for back up.  Our recommendations at the time included more regular maintenance of the battery cells and generator, more efficient use of electricity (including better user awareness) and potentially charging per-unit to reflect the very expensive costs of diesel genset charging. Additional PV was an option, but at the time considerably expensive.

Three years on, with the development of the PV market, PV module costs have fallen dramatically to the region of £0.50/Wp and The Trust reconsidered extra PV. The original PV system uses modules designed for battery charging which are now increasingly difficult to source and very expensive compared to those designed for grid connected systems.

Narec DE recommended fitting around 2kWp of ‘grid market’ PV modules connected to the existing battery system using a max power point solar charger to regulate the output to the batteries. We worked with a steel fabrication company (Life Engineering in Washington) to design tilted racks to mount the array. Due to the sloping site, the modules are arranged in groups of three rather like a stepped terrace of housing. Each unit is wired as a series string, with the resulting approx. 100 volts DC fed to the battery room via armoured cable.

The tilted racks are anchored to ground using stakes and ballasted with tree trunks (the plan is is to build a ‘ballast garden’ of small shrubs to blend with surroundings)

Soon after connection, in a clear sunny cloud break, the system delivered impressive results, with a charging current of 70 amps delivered to the batteries and an indicated power of 1850 Watts. This is double the current delivered to the batteries by the generator so should help improve the battery state of charge considerably.

Nick Davies of NDE & Adrian Copley of Whiteburnshank Trust celebrate completionFigure 2: Nick Davies of NDE & Adrian Copley of Whiteburnshank Trust celebrate completion

Background on Whiteburnshanks

Whiteburnshank has been lived in for many years and is one of only three farms that remain in use in the Kidland forest today. In 1993 the Whiteburnshank Trust was set up to provide a centre for young people in the county. The trust is responsible for developing and maintaining the centre and is made up of a small committee of volunteers who manage, maintain and try to develop and improve the centre. It is non profit making and has only a small working income which just covers costs and routine maintenance. Further information, and booking enquiries, can be found at http://www.whiteburnshank.org.uk. Available 365 days a year, the cottage is ideal for groups and is used Scouts, guides, D of E, school groups, bona fide organisations etc.

Upper Coquetdale electricity supply

Many properties in the Upper Coquet valley and other remote rural areas of Northumberland do not have access to grid electricity. This can present real problems for residents in terms of the extra cost of alternative power sources which is invariably diesel generators for electricity, and in the more remote areas this presents additional problems of cost, noise and delivery access for bulk diesel delivery. The problem is quite widespread and a recent petition to Northumberland County Council to invest resources in studying the issue attracted over 450 signatures [1].

[1]  Northumberland County Council Petitions Committee

75% funded places available on heat pump and solar thermal courses

Solar thermal training rig and heat pump at Narec DE Training CentreSolar thermal training rig and heat pump at Narec DE Training Centre

Delegates can receive up to 75% off the cost of Narec Distributed Energy’s LOGIC solar thermal and heat pump training courses, under a scheme funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Narec Distributed Energy Training Centre has been accepted as a registered training centre for the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s £650,000 RHI Training Support Scheme. This fund is aimed at raising the skill set of domestic heating engineers to enable them to install and maintain renewable heating systems.

The RHI Training support scheme provides vouchers worth 75% of the cost of the training and assessment, up to a maximum of £500 per voucher. Up to 5 employees per organisation can take advantage of the vouchers. 100% of the cost is covered for apprentices on the scheme.

Narec Distributed Energy Training Centre is an approved QCF training course delivery centre, allowing our delegates to achieve internationally recognised qualifications in renewable and low carbon technologies. QCF Level 3 training in Heat Pump, PV and Solar Thermal installation. Under the RHI Training Support Scheme, delegates can receive funding for our LOGIC accredited Solar Thermal Hot Water Installation and Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance courses.

To take advantage of the scheme, delegates can register on the RHI Training support website for vouchers at http://www.rhitraining.co.uk/ and then contact Narec Distributed Energy Training team on 01670 543006 or email training@narecde.co.uk to book a course.

More details on the courses can be found on the solar thermal hot water system installer course heat pump installation and maintenance pages of the Narec Distributed Energy website.

Reducing residents bills through training housing associations in renewable energy

Deligates from housing associations being trained in the Narec DE Training CentreDelegates from housing associations being trained in the Narec DE Training Centre

Currently, tenants moving into properties that have photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal (ST) systems, may not be receiving any advice on how to get maximum benefit from them. As a result, an opportunity to reduce tenants’ fuel bills and help alleviate fuel poverty is being missed.

Up until now the available relevant training courses have tended to cover one technology and are aimed at technical trades such as installers; or they are informal, manufacturer-led courses that are insufficiently structured or developed to be of use to Housing Association staff.

In order to bridge the gap in the market, Narec Distributed Energy, in conjunction with Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) have developed a new bespoke one day training course. It is targeted at tenant liaison officers, to dramatically improve the quality of advice given to tenants about these systems.  The course focuses on empowering tenants to maximise the savings they can make on their energy bills by understanding and properly using the systems.

Working with YHN’s Energy for the Future program, the new course ‘Getting the most out of Renewables in Social Housing’ has been developed, independent of any manufacturer bias. It was trialled in October 2013 at the Ballast Hill Training Centre within the Narec Technology Park, in Blyth, with staff from Your Homes Newcastle, Energy Services at Newcastle City Council and the Fabrick Group.

Attendees were introduced to the renewable technologies most utilised in social housing and provided with useful, practical information on how these systems are most efficiently used.   Delegates received a CPD certificate along with training materials for future reference. The course provided the tenant liaison officers and housing officers with both the knowledge and confidence they need to offer high quality energy advice and guidance to tenants.

Client testimonial from Tom Jarman, Investment Delivery Manager at Your Homes Newcastle (YHN)

“When a tenant moves into one of our properties, they want to set up their home and get settled in.  If they move into a house with a solar thermal or photovoltaic system, we will wait a few weeks then contact them to offer an Energy for the Future visit.  At the visit officers show tenants how to save money on energy bills and heat their home more comfortably. Since the training with Narec Distributed Energy we can also help them get the most from the ST and PV systems, save money and reduce their carbon footprint. It also means that YHN’s investment in these systems goes even further.  Working with Narec Distributed Energy filled a gap in the market for us, to the benefit of our tenants.”

Narec Distributed Energy are scheduling a number of these courses in the near future. If you are interested or have any other training needs, please get in touch on 01670 543009 or email training@narecde.co.uk

 

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Completion of major fuel poverty alleviation project

Figure 2: Thermal image of Wimpey No Fine system built homes. "A" has no insulation and "B" has external wall cladding. Homes like "A" are to be targeted under ECO using measures like "B" has.Thermal image – “A” has no insulation and “B” has external wall insulation.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in partnership with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland has undertaken a major fuel poverty alleviation programme of energy efficiency improvements on over 300 socially rented hard-to-heat properties.

The £3.84 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)* collaborative project, has installed low carbon and renewable energy technologies and systems to improve the housing stock in the region and regenerate off-gas or non-traditional construction properties. Solutions included external wall cladding, low energy lighting, replacement doors and windows, loft insulation, TRVs, improvements to heating and domestic hot water systems, and enabling works for photovoltaic systems.

As part of the project, the impact and effectiveness of the modifications and improvements made to the different types of housing stock have been monitored and analysed by Narec Distributed Energy.

Key Improvements are:

  • Significant decreases in fuel bills
  • Major improvement in tenant satisfaction with homes
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

The key message of this project is that energy efficiency and renewable energy are a major weapon in the fight against fuel poverty. The same solutions can reduce fuel poverty and reduce human induced climate change.

In addition to the work included in this report, a unique SME capacity building programme was delivered. Through the project, over 95 regional SMEs were supported to access tailored support and assistance to expand or diversify their business capabilities within the low carbon sector.  By combining this with the retrofit programme, SMEs were able to visit the retrofit works as they were delivered allowing them a unique insight into the installation and use of these low carbon and renewable technologies, over 200 individuals in north east SMEs were supported with skills development.

Full details of this project are available in the end of project report at:

For more information please email: info@narecde.co.uk

Further information on fuel poverty can be found in the following blog posts:

* The European Regional Development Fund exists to reduce economic disparities within and between member states by supporting economic regeneration and safeguarding jobs. Since 2000, England alone has benefited from more than €5bn of funding, with a further €3.2 billion being invested between 2007 and 2013 in local projects around the country. From 2014 to 2020 a further €6.2 billion will be invested in England, with €0.54 billion targeted at the North East of England.

Dissemination event for fuel poverty project

Photovoltaic array at Narec Distributed EnergyPhotovoltaic array at Narec Distributed Energy

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in partnership with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland has undertaken a programme of energy efficiency improvements on over 300 socially rented hard-to-heat properties.

The £3.84 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) collaborative project, has installed low carbon and renewable energy technologies and systems to improve the housing stock in the region and regenerate off-gas or non-traditional construction properties.

As part of the project, the impact and effectiveness of the modifications and improvements made to the different types of housing stock have been monitored and analysed by Narec Distributed Energy. An event to present the findings of this ground-breaking project will be held at the Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 10thOctober 2013.

This event will bring together local authorities, housing associations and the construction industry to encourage the transfer of knowledge and best practice, as well as a greater understanding of the performance and application of low carbon technologies in hard-to-heat properties. A group of Swedish companies and researchers will also be in attendance; which will provide an excellent forum for collaboration and business partnering.

To book, please use the following link: ERDF Social Housing Energy Management booking form

Agenda

08:45 – 09:15   Registration

09:15 – 09:25   Welcome and Introduction

Chair, Allen Jones – Newcastle City Council

09:25 – 09:40   National Energy Action

Fuel poverty a national issue

09:40 – 09:55   National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec)

Introduction and Overview of the Social Housing Project

09:55 – 10:15   Narec Distributed Energy

Technical aspects of the project, data and project results

10:15 – 10:30   South Tyneside Homes

Retrofitting social housing – lessons learnt

10.30 – 10:40   South Tyneside Retrofit Contractor

10.40 – 10:55   Homes for Northumberland

Retrofitting social housing – lessons learnt

10:55 – 11:05 Homes for Northumberland Retrofit Contractor

11:05 – 11:30 Break

Opportunity to submit questions for panel Q&A

11.30 – 11:50   SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Overview of the Swedish context and brief overview of projects, experiences and lessons learnt

11:50 – 12:10   Alingsås Hem (Swedish Housing Provider)

Retrofit projects in Sweden

12:10 – 12:30   Q&A panel

Chair, Allen Jones – Newcastle City Council

12.30 – 14:00   Lunch and Networking

Exhibition zone open – Opportunity to meet with some of the SMEs who have participated in the project as well as a delegation of companies from Sweden.

14:00   Event close

Renewable energy training courses summer sale

Trainee fixing solar panel to roofPhotovoltaic training course on the artificial roof at Narec Distributed Energy

As summer is traditionally a quieter time for our Renewable Energy Training Centre, we are offering a special seasonal discount rate on a range of renewable energy training courses.

  • 1/2 day CPD seminars reduced from £95 to £50
  • 1 day courses – reduced from £195 and £250 to one price of £175
  • 2 day PV system design course – reduced from £895 to £595
  • 3 day Solar Thermal system design courses – reduced from £895 to £595

Additionally, for a trial period only we are offering 3 courses for the price of 2*. Register yourself or colleagues for multiple courses or send more than one delegate to the same course to qualify.

These offers will last until the 22nd September 2013.

Contact us on training@narecde.co.uk or on 01670 543009 to take advantage of these offers.
* the lowest priced course would be free of charge

New courses for summer 2013

Newly developed courses to enable your business to benefit from the latest opportunities of the RHI and FIT financial incentives

The Renewable Heat Incentive – RHI
(CPD seminar – 4 hours) 
Spend the morning in our Training Centre learning the latest information on the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. The Non-Domestic RHI was launched in 2011 and many organisations and businesses are already taking advantage of the generous tariff’s on offer – learn how you can too. The Domestic RHI will launch next summer – find out how it will work and how you can help the UK meet it’s challenging 2020 CO2targets.

Biomass Awareness 
(CPD training course – 1 day) 
The course offers a valuable insight in biomass installation issues, and will be of interest to conventional heating installers, housing providers and energy professionals. It provides an introduction to Biomass Boiler installation in line with the underpinning knowledge requirements of the MCS scheme. Elements include operating principles of wood pellet and wood chip boilers, fuel storage, flues and the requirements of building regulations Part J, connection to existing wet heating systems, biomass resource availability and carbon savings.

Heat Loss calculations
(CPD training course – 1 day)
This course is designed to explain the background principles of building heat loss, including U values and ventilation, and to develop these skills with case study worked examples into heat loss calculations designed to meet MCS and building regulations requirements. The course is aimed at heating engineers, sales support staff, housing and energy professionals looking to specify heat sources e.g. heat pumps, biomass or fossil fuel boilers for domestic applications. NB. for anyone with previous experience, refresher sessions on heat loss calculations are available as an evening class.

Renewable Energy on the UK Power Grid
(CPD training course – 1 day)
This course provides an introduction in the technology of all the renewable and low carbon electrical generation equipment used on the UK Power Grid. With reviews of PV, Wind, Hydro and CHP the major technologies are discussed with details on their operation, installation and connection requirements along with the impact these technologies have on the UK Power network – good and bad.

Connecting a G59 system 
(CPD training course – 1 day)
This course is aimed at renewable installers, to give them an understanding of the requirements for connecting large scale renewable generators such as PV and Wind > 16A to the UK grid. A full review of the application process is given with case study examples from throughout the North East region. Course is supported by the local District Network Operator (DNO) to answer questions on the day.

South Shields leads the way in sustainable housing with award hat-trick

Sinclair Meadows carbon negative community - Image courtesy of Four Housing GroupSinclair Meadows carbon negative community – Image courtesy of Four Housing Group

The UK’s first carbon negative social housing development in South Tyneside has won not one but three coveted housing awards. Sinclair Meadows, a development by not-for-profit housing provider, Four Housing Group, located in South Shields, claimed the top prize at the Housing Excellence Awards on Wednesday [15 May] to be named the ‘Best New Affordable Housing Scheme’ in the UK.

Earlier this week, the ground-breaking development beat six other shortlisted projects to win the ‘Innovation’ category at the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards.

Further adding to the development’s success, Sinclair Meadows has also been awarded a spot in the top 50 affordable housing developments in the UK league. The exclusive list is compiled by Inside Housing, the industry’s leading magazine.

Commenting on the accolades, Dawn Keightley, Group Director of Operations at Four Housing Group, said:

“The vision from the outset was to create a social housing development that was not only affordable but would also be the first to achieve carbon negativity. This means the homes actually create more energy than they use, making Sinclair Meadows one of the most eco-friendly developments in the UK.

“Many people have invested a lot of time and effort in making Sinclair Meadows become a reality for our residents. We are thrilled with the recognition from Housing Excellence, Constructing Excellence and Inside Housing; it’s fantastic to get recognition for a job well done.”

The UK Government has a target to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Housing stock is responsible for over a quarter of CO2 emissions in the UK, driving a requirement to reduce housing emissions and home energy use.

By 2016, all new build housing in the UK will be legally required to be carbon zero. Sinclair Meadows goes beyond that to achieve carbon negative status, meeting the community’s need for 100 per cent affordable housing while leading the way in the creation of truly sustainable homes.

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre group of companies, created the original energy strategy in the early design phase of Sinclair Meadows, and worked with the architect, Fitz Architects, to create dynamic thermal models.

The development has the ability to wipe out the carbon footprint created during its construction within 2.8 years and the houses generate more electricity than they use from the largest array of solar panels on a domestic dwelling, feeding electricity back into the grid.

More than 500 applications were received by prospective tenants wanting to live in one of either the nine three-bedroom houses or 12 two-bedroom apartments. This number was reduced to just 21 successful applicants who before taking residency, attended a training programme to learn more about the daily tasks involved in a carbon negative lifestyle.

Tenants learned about using the rainwater harvesting system to flush toilets, and programming appliances to operate during the day to make the most efficient use of energy from the solar panels.

Commenting on the shortlisting process, Stuart Macdonald, editor of Inside Housing and Andy Rose, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, issued a joint statement saying:

“A total of 146,420 homes were completed in the UK last year – of these 36,900 were built by housing associations or councils, according to government statistics.

“More than 6,000 homes were entered, so choosing just 50 schemes was no mean feat. Four Housing Group and its partners should be very proud of this achievement.”

According to Inside Housing, what made Sinclair Meadows stand out as a clear winner is the fact the development is the beginning of a major redevelopment of the area. The estate sits on the perimeter of planned regeneration including 400 new homes, community facilities and shops, while also contributing to South Tyneside Council’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.

The pioneering South Shields homes, funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Four Housing Group, were developed by Four Housing Group in partnership with South Tyneside Council and environmental charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, Galliford Try Partnerships North and Fitz Architects.

Green Deal: The Facts

Photovoltaic array, as could be installed under the Green DealPhotovoltaic array at Narec Distributed Energy

Narec Distributed Energy are offering a free seminar to North East based small businesses to help them understand the Green Deal.

The Green Deal is the new government’s initiative to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures to households and businesses. It was launched in October 2012, and from the 28th of January measures can be applied to homes.

This morning seminar is aimed at companies who are interested in getting involved in the Green Deal, but want to know the facts before making a decision.

There’s a lot of information out there on the Green Deal, so what we’ve tried to do is cut out all the clutter and develop a seminar that gives you the hard facts that reveal how the scheme will work for installers, assessors and the customer. It will also cover how companies can get involved in the scheme and the landscape of the market.

Our guest speaker Colin Robinson, CEO of Energy Friend, will be presenting on his experiences as a qualified Green Deal Assessor.

Narec Distributed Energy is an independent organisation that has no agenda for selling any Green Deal related products or training. We are simply here to provide you with the facts, so that you can make an informed decision for your business.

Dates:

Friday 11th January 2013
Thursday 28th February 2013

Cost: The seminar is free to attend for all North East based SMEs.

Timetable:

8:30 Registration & coffee
9:00 Green Deal: The Facts (Adam Stewart: Senior Project Manager at Narec Distributed Energy)
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 The experience of a Green Deal Assessor (Colin Robinson: CEO of Energy Friend)
11:30 Lunch & Networking
12:30 Finish

Location: Sintons Solicitors, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6DB

To book your place please email andrew.tipping@narec.co.uk

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This seminar is part of the European Funded ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project, carried out by Narec, the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre

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Narec Distributed Energy to be part of six month electric vehicle trial

Switch EV Peugeot iON electric carThe Peugeot iON electric vehicle to be used by Narec Distributed Energy for the next six months

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK National Renewable Energy Centregroup of companies, has now taken on an electric vehicle as a pool car, through the Switch EV Project. The car, a Peugeot iOn, provided by Simon Bailes Peugeot, will help ensure that site visits carried out by Narec Distributed Energy are as low carbon as possible, whilst providing valuable data on the usage of electric vehicles.

Switch EV is a research project supported by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to improve understanding of the barriers to the uptake and use of electric vehicles.  As part of the project 44 electric vehicles are on trial across the North East of England. Each vehicle and user is being assessed in order to gain real life perceptions and experiences of electric vehicle usage and ownership. The research will look into questions over how the vehicles are used, how the battery performs and what are people’s existing and changing perceptions of electric vehicles.

Through the trial, over 145 organisations and families have been given access to the vehicles for at least 6 months at a time, with many more individuals driving the vehicles. Narec Distributed Energy is participating in the final part of this project.

In addition, through this project, Narec Distributed Energy intend to have an electric charging post installed outside of their renewable energy training facility in Blyth on Ballast Hill. This charging post will be open for members of the public in the ‘Charge Your Car’ network to use. This will add to the range of low carbon technologies already installed at the Training Centre.

After receiving the Electric Vehicle Adam Stewart, Senior Project Manager at Narec Distributed Energy, stated:

“We are delighted to be contributing to this critical research project and that by using the vehicle it will help spread awareness of electric vehicles amongst our clients, whilst providing an opportunity for company staff to gain a greater understanding and experience of the latest electric vehicle technology”

More information on the work carried out by Narec Distributed Energy can be found at: www.narecde.co.uk

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For more information, please contact Tom Bradley on 07794073657 or tom.bradley@narecde.co.uk

High resolution images available on request.

Narec Distributed Energy is part of the UK National Renewable Energy Centre group of companies. Narec Distributed Energy is an organisation which carries out a wide range of work within the renewable and low carbon sector, particularly within the built environment.

Through our work we help our customers reduce carbon, alleviate fuel poverty, improve energy security, stimulate economic growth and educate energy users.  We deliver this in three ways:

  1. Strategy: Our strategists assist organisations in developing energy and carbon management plans, identifying funding and revenue streams and assessing the implications of government policy.
  2. Engineering: Our engineers provide a wide range of technical and testing services that enable our clients to select the most appropriate energy solutions.
  3. Training: Our dedicated training centre offers bespoke and accredited training on a wide range of renewable technologies.

Switch EV brings together vehicle manufacturers Nissan, Smith Electric Vehicles, Avid Vehicles Limited, and Liberty Electric Cars as well as the Simon Bailes Peugeot dealership, with research and data analysis completed by the Transport Operation Research Group at the University of Newcastle, and with project management by Future Transport Systems. This is one of eight consortia projects taking part in the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m UK-wide Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme, delivered in partnership with the Department for Transport (DFT). The programme is designed to drive innovation in low carbon vehicles forward in the UK and will see over 340 vehicles trialled.

Switch EV is supported by the Technology Strategy Board, in partnership with the Department for Transport. More information about these organisations can be found on the website: www.innovateuk.org

For more information visit www.switchev.co.uk, email liz.gray@futuretransportsystems or ring 0191 2431622

Simon Bailes Peugeot was last year appointed as the first Peugeot dealership in the UK to start taking orders for the iOn, a four-seat electric car with low running costs and no emissions, designed to a high specification with outstanding safety standards.

  • Simon Bailes Peugeot is one of the region’s longest-established Peugeot dealerships with a reputation spanning 30 years.
  • Simon Bailes set up the company in 1979 and now employs 120 people at branches in Northallerton, Stockton-on-Tees and Guisborough.
  • Simon Bailes Peugeot is the UK’s most accredited Peugeot dealership having won 16 consecutive Golden Lion awards from the company recognising the Simon Bailes’ commitment to customer service and customer satisfaction.

For more information visit www.simonbailes.co.uk, email anna@annaaddisonassociates.com or ring 01642 710707.

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

The Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme is the largest of its kind in the world and is part–funded by the government backed Technology Strategy Board, with £25m going towards eight projects involving some of the world’s top vehicle manufacturers and a wide mix of vehicle types.  Match funding is provided by participating businesses.  The aim of the programme, which will see around 340 vehicles trialled on theUK’s roads, is to accelerate the development of innovative low carbon vehicle technology.

 

UK first: Carbon negative community unveiled

Sinclair Meadows - carbon negative social housingSinclair Meadows – carbon negative social housing

October 2012: Sinclair Meadows the UK’s first carbon negative affordable housing scheme has been unveiled in South Tyneside, North East England, by not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing Group. Sinclair Meadows was purpose designed and built to surpass the Government’s definition of zero carbon and to exceed the minimum requirement for Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre, played a key role in the  early research and feasibility stages of this project.

Using the most innovative design principles and incorporating pioneering renewable energy methods and technologies, the project is  15 per cent beyond the current zero carbon definition, and will be more than 60 per cent beyond the 2013 definition.*

Crucial to its success is the engagement and skill training offered to tenants to establish a truly sustainable, vibrant community village that reflects the ethos and aims of the project.

The design, technology and tenant training mean that Sinclair Meadows is self-carbon negative and does not require any external offsetting to achieve carbon negativity – the first time this has been achieved for social housing in the UK.

This work would not have been possible without the initial vision and hard work of the various partners involved, including South Tyneside Council and Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle

Technically Pioneering

The Sinclair Meadows development is home to one of the largest array of photovoltaic modules on domestic dwellings in the UK which reduces demand on traditional energy resources and exports any excess energy back to the grid.  From its inception, the project has been focussed on the quality of the building fabric, especially on air tightness and heat loss.

The properties have been built using natural materials wherever possible, such as timber frames, hemp insulation and lime render. For the organic fabrics, throughout their growing cycle, these materials have absorbed massive amounts of CO2 which is then locked into the development for the life of the buildings.

Commenting on the scheme, Dawn Keightley, Director of Operations, Four Housing Group, said:

“Sinclair Meadows is unique because it is the first purpose built and designed carbon negative housing scheme on this scale that, within three years of being built, has the ability to remove its own carbon footprint created during construction. Once the development has reached the end of its useful life, the majority of the materials will be reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.”

Narec Distributed Energy

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK National Renewable Energy Centre group of companies, were heavily involved in the early design stage of the project.  The two major aspects of this were:

  • Narec Distributed Energy worked interactively with Fitz Architects on the building designs by carrying out dynamic thermal modelling on various possible concepts
  • A detailed energy strategy was developed, considering the positive and negative aspects of all the possible energy solutions which could be used for the development (photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and biomass).  This work used the thermal modelling calculations to understand the probably energy demands of Sinclair Meadows.

Further details of Narec Distributed Energy’s involvement in the project can be found in the case study at: http://narecde.co.uk/case-study/reed-street

Smarter Living

The properties at Sinclair Meadows have been built so that the main habitable rooms are south facing – maximising natural heat and helping residents to save money on energy bills as well as reducing the development’s environmental impact.

The heating and hot water will be provided by a communal biomass boiler which will use recycled timber fuel pellets.

A rainwater harvesting system ensures rainwater from the roofs of the properties is stored in underground storage tanks – a combined system for the apartments and individual systems for the houses. This water will then be used in the toilets, as well as for gardening at the properties to reduce the amount of mains water used by the residents through everyday activities.

The completed homes have energy monitoring systems installed. These allow the occupiers to see the energy that they are using at any one time, and to make informed decisions about reducing their energy use and saving money.

Keightley adds:

“The signs are excellent with large numbers of potential tenants showing interest in the homes. We look forward to welcoming them in to see the technology in action and to experience life in the most advanced carbon negative social housing community in the UK. These low energy, quality homes offer security and predictability at a time when fuel costs are volatile, so we also expect our tenants to benefit financially.”

Tenants will be extensively trained in how to be energy efficient in their new homes so they have the opportunity to minimise their energy use and maximise savings. Four Housing Group will monitor the energy supplies and will be there to offer ‘green’ advice to residents.

The houses will also generate significant revenue returns under the Government’s energy incentives, including the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

 

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 Media contacts at Narec Distributed Energy, 01670 357685

Tom Bradley – tom.bradley@narecde.co.uk

 

Notes to Editors

* http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2077965

The development at Sinclair Meadows has received £1.7m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and has been designed and developed in partnership with a number of key organisations including South Tyneside Council, Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, Fitz Architects, Narec and contractor Galliford Try Partnerships North.

Quote from Fitz Architects

‘Having started working on the project in 2007 we are extremely happy to see the project finished and constructed’. It’s been an exciting experience to be involved in this ground breaking project in what is now our 5th year of business. We have learned so much and feel that the strong concept that won the project competition has been carried through to completion’.

About Four Housing Group

 Four Housing Group provides affordable homes and quality services which improve the lives of the people who live in them. It does this by creating vibrant, diverse and sustainable communities.

As the parent company of Three Rivers Housing Association and Berwick Borough Housing, the Group owns and manage over 5,000 properties across the North East of England stretching from Redcar and Cleveland to Berwick-upon-Tweed.  The organisation provides a range of services which give people in the North East choice about where and how they live.

These services include:

  • General needs housing;
  • Supported housing;
  • Care and repair services providing home improvements, home adaptations and handyperson services; and
  • Shared ownership housing for sale.

For more information on Four Housing Group, its latest developments and services to tenants please visit: www.4hg.co.uk or call 08000 461 452 (free telephone number 24/7).

About Narec Distributed Energy

 Narec Distributed Energy is part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre, which exists to create a fair low carbon economy.

Narec Distributed Energy carries out a wide range of work on renewable and low carbon technologies. This work includes:

Design of low carbon buildings

  • Energy plans for whole cities
  • Alleviation of fuel poverty
  • Testing and development of renewable and low carbon technologies
  • European funded research and development
  • Bespoke and accredited training
  • Feasibility studies for all renewable energy technologies

Other parts of the UK National Renewable Energy Centre include Narec, a government funded offshore renewable energy testing centre (www.narec.co.uk ), and Narec Solar, a world leading photovoltaic R&D organisation (www.narecsolar.com).

For more information on Narec Distributed Energy ad its services, please visit www.narecde.co.uk or email info@narecde.co.uk

Fuel poverty project improves 53 homes in Northumberland

fuel poverty project in Blyth improves 54 homesBlyth homes on completion of improvement work

Residents in Cowpen, Blyth, Northumberland have received energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technologies to their refurbished homes as part of a collaborative £1.9m European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) Project.

A total of 53 Wimpey ‘no fines’- non-traditional construction – socially rented, post-war properties, managed by Homes for Northumberland are planned for improvements in Blyth. To date, 30 homes have been fitted with specialist insulated rendering systems to their external walls, voltage optimisers – ensuring that the voltage supplied to all the electrical appliances is optimised, gas saver units and low energy light bulbs as part of measures designed to help residents save money on their energy bills at a time of rising prices. A selection of the properties will also generate their own electricity using solar panels which will be fitted on the roofs.

Cowpen in Blyth is one of three areas benefiting from the ERDF project being managed by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec). Three high-rise blocks of flats in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear and 136 ‘Tarran Newland’ South Tyneside Homes in Marsden, South Shields have also been selected for energy efficiency improvements and are being fitted with PV panels, loft and external wall insulation, and energy efficiency boilers.

William Maddison, Homes for Northumberland resident said;

“I am already noticing a reduction in my energy bills and the house is definitely warmer. I am really impressed with the energy efficiency improvements made and the impact these have had on my home and quality of life so far.”

The project aims to lift local residents out of fuel poverty, while reducing carbon emissions and improving the quality of life of residents.

Ian Johnson, interim director of property services at Homes for Northumberland said;

“With gas and electricity bills going up all the time, which can put a massive strain on a typical household income, we are always looking at ways of reducing residents’ energy costs as much as possible. We are therefore delighted to be working on this fantastic project.

We are working closely with Narec to monitor the improvements to these homes and how they have helped tenants, from any reductions in energy bills to differences in the comfort level of the homes.  This information is invaluable for helping us to improve projects like this in the future so they can be the best they possibly can be.”

The effectiveness of modifications and their impacts on the behaviour of residents, such as the energy required to heat a home to an adequate level and the number of residents lifted out of fuel poverty are being monitored and the data analysed by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec). This greater understanding will help to inform future improvements in relation to the performance and utilisation of low carbon, innovative energy products as well as how best to apply low carbon products in socially rented prefabricated properties.

Helen Hampson, Microrenewables ERDF Project Manager, Narec explains;

“The data is being collected over a two year timeframe to provide valuable information regarding thermal efficiency improvements in socially rented houses as well as vital research on the impact of new technologies on retrofit properties and this learning will be applicable to social landlords, local authorities and private homeowners. This project also relates to the soon to be launched Coalition Government’s flagship Green Deal project which encourages improvements to be made to properties which will save energy and reduce costs. Both initiatives will make a significant improvement to the energy efficiency of North East homes and help tenants to make substantial energy savings.”

As part of the project local businesses are also being given the opportunity to visit the properties so they can see first-hand the houses at various stages of development and improvements being made. It is hoped that this will help to generate a greater understanding of new technologies and their application and encourage more businesses to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

The project will benefit from £1.9m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

 

 

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The Project

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) is working in collaboration with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to make energy efficiency housing improvements in over 300 socially rented hard-to-treat properties.

The total value of the investment which includes ERDF and match funding provided by South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland is £3.83m. The ERDF funding received was to install low carbon and renewable energy technologies and systems into selected properties helping to improve the housing stock in the region and regenerate off-gas or non-traditional construction properties. The impacts of the interventions are also being monitored and analysed as part of the project.

As Project Manager, Narec is responsible for delivering the following:

  • Management of cash flows and outputs, project claims and payments;
  • Facilitation of joint procurement activity;
  • Product testing and monitoring;
  • Dissemination of project outcomes;
  • SME engagement;
  • Delivery of capacity building and skills activity with SMEs.

Project completion date is November 2013 with project outcomes expected to include:

  • Retrofit of low carbon products in over 300 properties;
  • Reduction of fuel poverty for residents in over 300 properties;
  • SME assistance to improve skills development and performance;
  • Jobs created and safeguarded.

The analysis of the data collection and reports on the impacts of the interventions will be published in the pre-works report on the 31st August 2012.

The Green Deal

The Green Deal will provide support to homeowners who cannot achieve significant energy savings without an additional or different measure of support. Under the Green Deal there is no need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill. For further information visit:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/green_deal.aspx

Homes for Northumberland

Homes for Northumberland is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up in April 2009 to manage and improve over 8,500 council homes in Alnwick and Blyth Valley on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

To find out more, visit www.hfn.uk.com

Homes for Northumberland are part of the ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Narec.

South Tyneside Homes

South Tyneside Homes (STH) is an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) which manages the housing service on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

STH manages 18,949 homes through a Board that is made up of four tenants, four council nominees and four independents. The day-to-day running of the company is delegated to a senior management team, headed by a Chief Executive. It manages the Council’s Housing Revenue Account budget of £45.5m and £14.7m capital programme budget. It receives an annual management fee of £9.2m to manage homes on behalf of the Council.

STH are part of the ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project consortium with Homes for Northumberland and Narec.

ERDF Funding

Narec has formed a consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to deliver this project.

The project will benefit from £1.9m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.
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Funded renewable energy training for North East SMEs

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The National Renewable Energy Centre, Narec, is part of a £1.9 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project designed to deliver a funded programme of business support and skills development to North East based SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise), with the aim of encouraging companies to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

About the project

SMEs will have access to support from Narec’s expert team of Distributed Energy specialists who have a wealth of industry experience, in-depth knowledge and technical competency in renewable technologies and their installation.
Support available to SMEs includes:

  • MCS coaching and support
  • Accredited installer and maintenance training – solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, air source heat pumps and biomass
  • Introductory courses to renewable technologies and  nancial incentives for the built environment
  • Photovoltaic and solar thermal system design courses for domestic and commercial properties
  • The Green Deal

Bespoke training packages can also be designed to meet individual and organisational training needs.

Who is the project aimed at?

This project will be of particular interest to plumbers, electricians, roofers, joiners, heating engineers, sales professionals, architects, planners and specifiers, who have an interest in working in the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

How is the training delivered?

Narec’s dedicated Training Centre is  fitted with a wide range of low carbon and microgeneration technologies and systems allowing a mix of both practical and
classroom based learning.

How to get involved

If you are a sole trader or qualify as a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) and would like further information on how to benefit from this funded training and support please contact Andrew Tipping, SME Engagement Coordinator, Narec Distributed Energy.

Tel: 01670 357654 or Email: andrew.tipping@narec.co.uk

Click here to download the funded training in renewable and low carbon technologies flyer

 

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